REFLECTION 4- Extended Hours Kindergarten
The children are really feeling confident and supported in their new environment. This is evident when we observe them entering play, asking questions, sharing ideas, thoughts and experiences with their peers and staff. There is a nice atmosphere when we hear a lot of general chit-chat in the room and when all the children are engaged at table top experiences, floor activities or the outdoors.
Indoors we made blue jelly baff goop with sea shells and colourful fish- enhancing our sensory play which is therapeutic and relaxing. It coincides with our sensory sand play box which now has a ship; this has proven to be the most popular activity this week engaging the children in imaginary play. We have started many art activities including fish collage and painting sea creatures, the children take a lot of pride in their work and they will look beautiful somewhere on the wall or fridge at home.
Our five senses (touch, smell, taste, sight and hearing) are used in everything we do. That’s why we look at real sea creatures at group time so we can get ‘hands on’ and have group discussions about what we are looking at. Helens husband likes to fish in the bay on his boat so we were lucky to look at his catch closely and talk about the whole fishing process.
We also construct our own stories at circle time by including everyone’s ideas. In a circle we peered into the deep blue sea (large blue sheer material in the middle of the circle) all the children wanted to swim but when we touched the water it was too hot so the children looked for solutions ‘how do we cool the water down so we can get in’? Kayla suggested we add cold water so we got out our pretended hoses and gushed ‘cold’ water, then it was suggested by Metecan ‘we add ice’ so we all added ice into the water (using arm motion). We then had to feel the water temperature to see if we could go in the water and once it had cooled down we saw all kinds of sea creatures. Amy suggested we had better go back to kinder because Tracey might be wondering where we all were so we hopped onto a large sailing boat and sung ‘row row row your boat all the way back to kinder’. It wasn’t that easy because rain and thunder caused our boat to capsize and we all had to be saved by Tracey who had a long rope to haul us all back to shore…..to be safe and sound.
We are very safe and secure at kinder. The beginning of kinder is all about feeling comfortable, getting to know each other and finding a sense of belonging. All children are individuals and bring something special to the group; all the different personalities are getting along, working together and learning to actively participate in a range of settings.
Amy, Tracey, Helen and Fiona